India has been a country which always has variety and multi-options for everything. Every element of the lifestyle has been defined distinctively. From clothing, food, healing to luxuries. Furthermore apart from clothes, both accessories and footwear are also included in the clothing segment. However, Indian footwear started from padukas. Subsequently, Juttis and Mojaris have always dominated the royal closet. Today, they are people’s popular choice for weddings, parties, festivals, events to compliment the ethnic outfit. The blog talks about the history and making of your beloved modern day ballerinas- traditional juttis and Mojaris.
What is the difference between traditional Juttis and Mojaris?
Juttis and Mojaris hail from Northern India. Rajputi women wore juttis while the men wore Mojaris. Juttis have a fragile appeal with an essence to fit into a feminine leg. While Mojaris have big, sturdy and manly appeal. Juttis have closed back while Mojaris have curled front edges which are named Nokh or toe. Often the curved raised design or Achilles’s tendon forms signature design for the juttis and Mojaris.
The design of Juttis and Mojaris have undergone modifications with trending patterns. The weavers and cobblers used natural fabrics like silk, leather and cotton for handcrafted footwear. In contrast to that, modern designers use acrylics and plastics. The making of tanned leather Mojaris- Kussa, initiated in the reign of Saleem Shah. People named the Mojaris after him called Saleem Shahi. Previously, royal craftsmen adorned Mojaris with golden threads and gems.
Jutti is an Urdu word meaning shoe with closed upper seal attached to the sole. While the Hindi and Punjabi names popular for it are Mojra and Mojri or Nagra shoes. Rajasthan is the most significant place to manufacture juttis or Mojaris. Subsequently, the footwear style became popular in Punjab. As a result, Amritsar became one of the major manufacturing hubs. Jaipur and Jodhpur are the main centers of Rajasthan likewise Amritsar and Patiala from Punjab ,which export it to the UK,US, Pakistan, UAE and other global markets.
Mochiwada Bazaar of Udaipur:
The Mochiwada Bazaar is situated to the east of Bada Bazaar in Udaipur. As the name suggests, Mochi means cobbler. The cobbler community governs the entire market. Authentic and designer traditional juttis and Mojaris are available here at very reasonable prices. Also, If you are looking out for sandals exclusively made from rare camel leather, now you know where to find them.
The juttis are the fruit of the efforts of various communities. First the animal hides processed with natural dye is the basic raw material. The ‘Chamar’ community has been practicing this tradition since ages. A special substance called Tanin is extracted from Babool or Kikaar tree to make the leather soft, durable and weather resistant. Secondly, ‘Rangaars’ paint the Indian ballerinas.The natural colour dyes are mixed to obtain shades like pink, orange, green and red. Lastly, the ‘Mochis’ stitch all the parts into one. The upper and back (Adda) to the sole (Talla) are linked to each other. The Mochis link it using cotton thread. As a result, the cotton thread enmeshes the leather fibers efficiently. The Royals ordered stitching their footwear with silver and golden threads. Stencils guide to trace the thread for embroidering the motifs.
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The motifs of birds, flowers, branches, creepers and also abstract designs were prevalent embroideries traditionally. In modern times, designers and retailers sell poop art, cartoon prints, and also marbling effect designs. Creative ensembles meet elegance when sequins, gems, beads, metallic threads, pearls and mirror work beautify the juttis. Further, famous designers like Ritu Kumar and Manish Malhotra have paired juttis with their best outfits by bringing innovations in the juttis.
In a nutshell:
Surely, no one can escape the charm of Indian ballerinas. Above all, Juttis for women and Mojaris for men is something that has never been out of trend irrespective of the ever-changing fashion trends.
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